Sunday, 18 November 2007

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished. . . .

Gangs have long been a threat to our society.  The violence and death associated with gangs seems to grow more pervasive each day.  If you ever begin to think for one moment that gang-bangers and the "gang culture" is fading, read this:

On 23 July 2007,  in the 2700 block of W. Haddon, a 31 year old man (former gang member) saw a disturbance on the street involving a child.  The man approached the child and saw that the kid was a gangbanger.  Well, the man tried to impart a little common sense into this kid by telling him that he was too young to gang-bang, that gang-banging had no future and that it was simply a dangerous life.

Well, "junior" felt that this grown-up was picking on him, so he ran to his mother and told her what happened.  The mother then confronts the man and tells him that he should not talk to her child that way!! (WHAT??)  Then she calls some of the local gang members (because of "who she is") and they arrive to confront the man. (A true credit to "motherhood"--sarcasm INTENDED)

The victim (a FORMER gang member), is pulled from his vehicle, told he has a "violation" coming and then beaten to death on the street.

Beaten by members of his former gang because he told a child to stay away from gangs and the gang life. Beaten because he was smart enough to try and get his act together and thought maybe he could prevent a kid from going down the wrong path.

No good deed goes unpunished.  But, the story doesn't end there.

Area 4 Detectives continued their investigation and took five offenders (two 16 yr-olds,  two 19 yr-olds an one 23 yr-old) into custody and charged them with murder.  The sixth alleged offender was in custody for an unrelated offense--no surprise there--charges pending.

A man's life was taken in a most brutal way. . . by kids.  All of this happened because he tried to keep a child OUT of the gang life. 

I have another saying for the murderers of this man:  "You reap what you sow". 

Their freedom is now lost and hopefully they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. 

The involved investigators should be commended for their work.  Thanks for taking these criminals off the streets and bringing justice for someone who died for trying to do the right thing.

Stay safe.

Friday, 16 November 2007

Continue to be professional, continue to be alert

We have tried to focus some attention to a growing danger to law enforcement -- armed attacks against police officers.

Another article has been published by PoliceOne .

Click and read to gain more insight into this unfortunate and dangerous trend.

PoliceOne Article: Officers shot serving warrant

Thursday, 15 November 2007

News You Can Use. . . .

On November 13th, the Philadelphia Inquirer ran a story discussing the troubling nationwide trend of assailants shooting police officers.

Click the link below to read the article.

Rise in Shootings of Police Officers

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

The Bottom Line: This Job gets more and more dangerous every day

An article ran on PoliceOne.com that speaks to the increasing dangers of law enforcement officers throughout the country.  This article lists a number of reasons for the growing acceptance of extreme violence toward police officers. 

Click the link below and read it for an interesting insight on this emerging "culture of non-compliance" and violence toward law enforcement.

Police One Story

Thursday, 08 February 2007

Justice. . . at a Cost

On March 10, 2003, two New York officers from the elite, plainclothes Firearms Investigations Unit were ambushed and murdered by 24 year-old Ronell Wilson.

During an undercover weapons purchase, Officers James Nemorin and Rodney Andrews were shot as they waited to meet Wilson to purchase firearms from him.  Wilson ambushed them both and shot them to death.

Wilson was captured, charged with murder and, in January of 2007, sentenced to death by New York courts.

While this story does not directly involve Chicago Police, it does speak to all of us who, on a daily basis, wear the badge and place ourselves in harm's way.  Each day, whether on or off-duty we stand ready to ensure the safety of citizens we have sworn to protect.

Before his death, Officer Nemorin was interviewed by a film documentary crew and was quoted saying, "I have to protect myself. . . If you don't care, you're gonna get hurt."  Unfortunately, those words rang all too true.

It's unfortunate that so few people truly understand the dangers we face everyday.  I'm sure both of these officers fully intended to return to their families. . . their children. . .after completing their tour.  Such should be the goal of all of us who wear the badge.

While this story is tragic, it is a lesson as well.  Watch each other's back.  Be careful.  Take nothing for granted.

The offender was caught and brought to justice.  This time.

However, here's a little side note: at his sentencing, Wilson turned to the officer's families with a scornful glance. . . and stuck out his tongue in one final act of disrespect and defiance.

Remember that family is most important.  Remember what you are up against.

Monday, 05 February 2007

Publicity Hoax Stopped Short by CPD

Well, cool heads and common sense prevailed in response to the "strange device" scare that turned out to be a promotion for a Cartoon Network show.  In a time where it seems like everyone's on edge, it's good to know that there are still some who can look at a situation, use a little caution and "street smarts" and still get the job done.

Kudos to CPD for not causing a panic and getting to the bottom of what appears to be a silly media stunt.